Family trip to Chicago- need help with places to eat
My family and I are going to visit the Museum of Science and Industry and the Sears Tower on Saturday, May 10, 2008 and then the Shedd Aquarium on May 11, 2008. I need some ideas of places to eat that is not expensive and my family will love. I have an 11 and 8 year old. Thanks for your help!
The powers that be at the various museums seem to like to keep the patrons unaware of eating anywhere other than their onsite food service operations...
For MSI there are cluster of resturants about 6 blocks due west on 57th, but the underpass at 57 is one way east, so few people both if they are not familar with the University of Chicago. In nice weather there is no reason not to walk, and there is usually on street parking with meters right in front of the college food pizza/hamburgers/bakery sandwiches at Medici or a Thai/Asian place almost next door- Noodles Etc (not affiliated with any chain that sounds similar)....
For the Sears there is an acceptable Giordano's Pizza just east of the SkyDeck on Jackson, there is also a decent hot dog/pasta/beef sandwiich shop known as Lukes...
For the Shed you are going to have to go further, as there is nothing way out on the penisula. Maybe if the kids are well behaved you could make the walk to Chicago Firehouse which has a lunch menu that is not out of line at all for the quality of food that they serve. It is, as the name implies, inside a coverted firehouse and really quite nice: http://www.zagat.com/verticals/Menu.aspx?VID=8&R=71001&HID=500004281
a few blocks away is place that is more casual, put not much cheaper. You'd definitely be splitting sandwiches from the deli-style Eleven City Diner: http://www.elevencitydiner.com/pdf/me...
I'm making myself hungry. You'll love the trip. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.
Luke's Italian Beef
215 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60606
Medici On 57th
1327 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Noodles Etc On Campus
1333 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
1401 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Eleven City Diner
1112 S Wabash Ave Frnt 2, Chicago, IL 60605
Around the MSI, you can try the Medici, a pretty good pizza place/college hangout. They have amazing shakes and the kids might like the atmosphere of writing literally all over the walls. It's on 57th street between kimbark and kenwood.
Slightly more upscale atmosphere and price is Piccolo Mondo, on 56th and Hyde Park. It's a decent Italian place in the Windermere building.